Édouard Hervé

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Édouard Hervé
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Born (1835-05-28)28 May 1835
Saint-Denis, La Réunion. France
Died 4 January 1899(1899-01-04) (aged 63)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Journalist, Historian
Known for Founder of Le Soleil

Édouard Hervé (28 May 1835 – 4 January 1899) was a French journalist, historian and politician.[1]


Édouard Hervé was born in Saint-Denis, La Réunion on 28 May 1835.

A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, Paris city councilor and advisor to Philippe d'Orléans, Count of Paris (1838-1894), he worked at several newspapers, including Le Journal de Genève (1865-1866)[1] and L'Époque. In 1867, he founded the Journal de Paris. This newspaper was suppressed by the Paris Commune in 1871 when he wrote of the events of March: "The way the population of Paris yesterday expressed its satisfaction was more than frivolous, and we fear it gets worse with time. Paris now has a festive look that is totally inappropriate, and if we do not want to be called Parisians of decadence, we must put an end to this state of affairs. "

In 1873, he founded Le Soleil, the first major daily newspaper priced at 5 centimes.[1] With a monarchist viewpoint, publication was to continue until June 1915.[citation needed] Édouard Hervé is also the author of several historical works, which are actually compilations of his articles. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1873[2] and elected member of the Académie française on 11 February 1886. He died on 4 January 1899 in Paris.[1]

Historical works[edit]

  • Une page de l'histoire d'Angleterre. Les Élections de 1868. Le Cabinet Gladstone. La Réforme de l'Église d'Irlande (1869)
  • La Crise irlandaise, depuis la fin du dix-huitième siècle jusqu'à nos jours (1885)
  • Trente Ans de politique, quelques articles et discours (1899)